Feature CD Of The Week: Kirk Whalum's "Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV"
For Release: April 26, 2015
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 4/26/2015
The Feature CD this week is from legendary, Grammy Award Winning Memphian, Kirk Whalum.
It is the follow-up to his Grammy Award winning Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III. It is The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV.
For the last five years, "Rev." Kirk Whalum has been spreading the "message" through
this acclaimed series of CDs, DVDs, and concerts. This last edition of Gospel According
To Jazz is a live recording of the concert performed in New York at The Christian
Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
It "musically explores the convergence of jazz and gospel, infused with Rhythm & Blues,
with musical messages of tribute, tragedy, and triumph - musically illustrating God's
radical hospitality", words from the very well done official web site.
Kirk features his BWB crew of Norman Brown, and Rick Braun, along with Doc Gibbs,
John Stoddart, Gerald Veasly, Kevin Whalum, Kenneth Whalum III, and new vocalist Shelea.
There are tunes and songs that pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, George Duke - who performed
on all the other "Gospel" albums, and was preparing to perform on this one before
he tragically left us - along with several other important figures in our world culture.
It is infused with Kirk's passionate vocal introductions to many of the tunes. It
is also infused with the unmistakably unique sound and style of mellow and passionate
saxophone playing that is the trademark of a Kirk Whalum album.
It is with great pride that we offer this Gospel Jazz masterpiece as our Feature CD
of the Week.